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John Travis's Dharma Talks
John Travis
After thirty-five years of experience around the dharma, with eight of these years in Asia, I am still deeply inspired, as a teacher, by students' progress with the practice. I see the questioning I do with myself reflected in others. The infinite loop of my practice and my teaching becomes a self-fulling prophecy. As I see others letting go of old baggage, it inspires me to continue questioning myself.
2012-05-16 Vulnerability and The Good Heart 45:08
Stories help point to the possibility of opening to what is difficult and what is beautiful.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center May Insight Retreat
2012-03-24 All Day is Still All Day: Ease, Vividness, Spaciousness 46:28
Story of John's journey to the mountains, followed by teachings on ease of the body, vividness of the mind and spaciousness of the heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-17 The Great Rain 44:52
The talk outlines the Three Characteristics (change - suffering - not self) and the Three Subtle Characteristics (emptiness - suchness - not with the object). Teachings on the 4 Seals and the 5 Aggregates are also offered.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-12 Crows Speak: Seven Factors of Awakening 50:06
Through a poem, personal stories, and teachings, the talk explores the seven factors of awakening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-07 Frog Clarity...5 Spiritual Faculties 53:07
One of John's Poems. Talk based on 5 spiritual faculties, more based on faith and heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-02-29 Sitting on the Edge of the World 27:30
Transition talk for two month retreatants. Change and the loss of one monthers. Supporting the stillness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2011-12-22 The Outside Perfect: Ease, Luminosity, Spaciousness 56:31
This talk describes cultivating and revealing ease of body, luminosity of mind and spaciousness of heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2011-05-20 The Teeter-Totter of Awakening 49:07
An exploration of the seven factors of awakening, especially the balance of the arising and calming factors.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center May Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-05-16 Caught in the Storm of the First Day 48:21
Starts with one of John's poems describing the currents that push and pull us as we begin this journey -- coupled with one of his India stories from 40 years ago..
Spirit Rock Meditation Center May Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-03-27 Dharma Has Touched These Bones 60:36
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Monthlong Retereat

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